We R Publishing Ltd Seasoned by Chefs - Issue 2 - Spring 2014
ISSUE 2 PUBLISHED APRIL 2014 Catch up with 8 of the UK's gastronomic greats, as we take a look behind the scenes in some of the UK's top dining establishments....... more
ISSUE 2 PUBLISHED APRIL 2014 Catch up with 8 of the UK's gastronomic greats, as we take a look behind the scenes in some of the UK's top dining establishments. FEATURED CHEFS: Glynn Purnell - Purnell's Restaurant Glynn Purnell talks to Rosie Birkett about his new book, about cooking beans on toast and explains why he's happiest in the kitchen. Cyrus Todiwala - Café Spice Namasté Rosie Birkett speaks to British Indian chef Cyrus Todiwala about his new Goan-Portugese restaurant - and how he came to change the UK's idea of Indian cuisine. Sam Williams - Cafe Murano Sam Williams, cafe Murano's head chef and 'Seasoned by Chefs' board member, tells us about her love of billtong and how she came to be Angela Hartnett's protégée. Simon Rogan - Fera at Claridge's Rosie Birkett catches up with two-Michelin starred chef Simon Rogan, on the cusp of his Claridge's opening. Phil Thompson - Thompson at Darcy's The only way is Essex. We talk to the former long time Auberge du Lac chef about making the leap and opening his own place in St Albans. Aaron Patterson - Hambleton Hall Aaron Patterson tells us why, after twenty years, he couldn't be happier at Hambleton Hall and reveals how he keeps his cooking bang up to date. Cláudio Cardoso - SUSHISAMBA How SushiSamba's hot young chef, Cláudio Cardoso, went literally straight tothe top of London's dining scene. Vincent Menager - The Balcon London Vincent Menager, The Balcon Sofitel's globe-trotting executive chef, tells us about working for Alain Ducasse and how he wound up in London. DANIEL PATTERSON Rosie Birkett travels to San Francisco to talk to Daniel Patterson about his debut recipe book 'Coi: Stories and Recipes' and why it's so much more than that. AROMATHERAPY Awaken your senses with this seasons fantastic choice of wines - as we taste 10 of the best, all carefully selected for you by our wine partners Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines.
Advantages: Lovley room, great value room service, central location Disadvantages: Bath was to small, Price
...So myself and my girlfriend went travelling around the world visiting 29 countries from July to December. We stayed in budget accommodation all around the world, some of it was good enough and the rest well thankfully we survived unscathed. However when we arrived in Sydney things changed. My girlfriends mum had treated us to a hotel break away in the Sofitel for four nights as our Christmas...
Advantages: Great rooms, staff and location Disadvantages: Not the cheapest hotel!
...About the hotel:
The Sofitel Hotel is operated by the Accor Hotels and is located on 45 West 44TH Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, right in the heart of Midtown, and is the perfect location to explore Manhattan in easy walking distance of Times Square, Grand Central, Fifth Avenue shops, Macy's, Bloomingdales, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, and most of the major attractions!
Advantages: Gorgeous rooms, nice facilities and great location Disadvantages: Price may be too much for those on a budget
...On a recent work trip to Paris I went to see a variety of hotels - in fact I saw quite a few of the same hotel chains including the Mercure, Novotel and Sofitel and from the Sofitel chain this was one of them; Sofitel Le Faubourg.
The Sofitel Le Faubourg is a luxury hotel in the heart of the city centre. A four star hotel that has a variety of room types and an elegant style it...